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May 2017

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2017, 7:00 PM
Old Chicago, 1656 S. Alma School, Mesa
  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. Reports
    President [Michael Humphrey]
    The club has done a record number of hikes, plus camp-outs and a raft trip through May of 2017.
    Treasurer [Michael Humphrey, for Monika Hahues]
    As of May 16, the club has 150 paid members and a bank balance of $5345.15. Our biggest bill, insurance, is coming.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    Hike leaders should always include driving directions in a hike description. But you may want them commented out until after the hike, so that people won’t be driving directly to the trailhead to join you. Limited parking at the trailhead can make this necessary. Then the driving directions can be un-commented after the hike.
    Statistician [Jim Buyens]
    The club has done 41 hikes totaling 4335 miles, compared to 3400 at this time last year. Six hikes have not yet been reported to the Statistician. The leading hikers so far are Tom S., Debbie R., Michael H., and Mark J. We car-pooled over 10,000 miles in the first five months.
  3. Previous Hikes
    Mar. 25 Bulldog Canyon Loop GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 25 Spur Cross Loop Cave CreekGabrielle McConnell
    Mar. 25 Superstition Ridgeline SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 1Dogie Trail SedonaChuck Parsons
    Apr. 1-2Buenos/Browns Canyon TucsonDave French
    Apr. 8Wolf Creek Waterfalls PrescottDave French
    Apr. 8Oak Spring Trail PineMonika Hahues
    Apr. 15 Barnhardt Canyon MazatzalsTamar Gottfried
    Apr. 22Walkin’ Jim Trail Lake PleasantMark Jelsma
    Apr. 22Long Canyon SedonaTed Tenny
    Apr. 23Rafting Salt River CanyonTamar Gottfried
    Apr. 27Mt. Ord MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Apr. 29Goldwater Lake Trail PrescottJim Buyens
    May 6Highline-Drew PaysonMichael Humphrey
    May 13Groom Creek Loop PrescottJim Buyens
  4. Upcoming Hikes
    May 20 Prescott Circle Trail PrescottDave French
    May 20Timber Camp Mountain Salt River CanyonBill Zimmermann
    May 26-29Oak Creek Camping SedonaLin Chao Yen
    May 27Walnut Meadows FlagstaffTed Tenny
    June 3-6Backpacking Aravaipa CanyonMichael Humphrey
    June 10<< open >>   
    June 17Schultz Creek Loop FlagstaffGabrielle McConnell
    June 24<< open >>   
    July 1Bell Trail, V-Bar-V Sedona areaMichael Humphrey
    July 8<< open >>   
    July 15<< open >>   
  5. Guest Speaker: Dale and Marilyn Childs
    subject: Our Trip to Cuba
        They spent seven days and nights touring rural towns on the south coast, the beach resort of Varadero on the north coast, and experiencing the sights and sounds of Havana. Along the way they met Cuban citizens and learned about their culture, their love of music and the arts, and life in Cuba after the Revolution of the early 1960s. Pictures included 1950s American cars, re-powered and re-painted, many serving as taxicabs.
  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:00 PM


March 2017

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
March 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Old Chicago, 1656 S. Alma School, Mesa
  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. Reports
    President [Michael Humphrey]
    •  The club has done 22 hikes in the first quarter of 2017.
    There are 300 whistles with the club logo left.
    Treasurer [Monika Hahues]
    As of March 21 the club has 140 paid members; however, expired memberships haven’t been reviewed yet. The bank balance as of 3/21/17 is $4,781.89.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    •  When a hike is full, the announcement on the web says so and doesn’t have a white background.
    Weekly announcements are shorter. They refer to the hike description on the web.
    Statistician [Michael Humphrey, for Jim Buyens]
    So far in 2017, the five top hikers are Mark Jelsma, Michelle Jelsma, Tom Simonick, Michael Humphrey, and Quy Nguyen. However, the results from seven hikes haven’t been reported yet.
  3. Previous Hikes   
    Jan. 21 AZHC Awards Potluck North Mtn. ParkMichael Humphrey
    Jan. 22Thompson Peak McDowellsMichael Humphrey
    Jan. 28Picketpost Perimeter SuperiorEileen Root
    Jan. 28Dixie Mountain PhoenixGabrielle McConnell
    Feb. 4Browns Ranch Loop McDowellsGabrielle McConnell
    Feb. 4Sunrise-Western Loop ScottsdaleQuy Nguyen
    Feb. 4Alta-Bajada Loop South MountainDave French
    Feb. 11Dome Mountain GoldfieldsChip Wells
    Feb. 11Wasson Peak TucsonTamar Gottfried
    Feb. 25GMHSM State Park YarnellChuck Parsons
    Feb. 26Big Jim Trail Hells CanyonMichelle Jelsma
    Mar. 3-7 Joshua Tree Car Camping CaliforniaJohn Richa
    Mar. 4 San Tan Mountain Queen CreekDave French
    Mar. 9 Flatiron SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 11 Hog Wild! SedonaMark Purcell
    Mar. 11 Swing-Set Mine MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Mar. 11 Ocotillo Trail PhoenixGabrielle McConnell
    Mar. 18 Upper Ruins Tonto Nat. Mon.Quy Nguyen
  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Mar. 25 Bulldog Canyon Loop GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 25 Spur Cross Loop Cave CreekGabrielle McConnell
    Mar. 25 Superstition Ridgeline SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 1Dogie Trail SedonaChuck Parsons
    Apr. 1-2Buenos/Browns Canyon TucsonDave French
    Apr. 8Wolf Creek Waterfalls PrescottDave French
    Apr. 15 <<open>>   
    Apr. 22Walkin’ Jim Trail Lake PleasantMark Jelsma
    Apr. 23Rafting Salt River CanyonTamar Gottfried
    Apr. 29<<open>>   
    May 6Highline-Drew PaysonMichael Humphrey
    May 13<<open>>   
  5. Whistles
    They were handed out to everyone there who didn’t have one.
  6. Guest Speaker
    Ted Tenny
    subject: The Terminator
        Hiking on the edge of night can be exhilarating, or scary. Ted presented pictures from various aspects of sunrise and sunset hiking. You can take great pictures at dawn, but don’t get caught after dark without a flashlight!
        Why not make the most of that late afternoon sun by going on a sunset photo shoot? Unforgettable colors await you almost every day.
  7. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:00 PM at Old Chicago.


Executive Committee, March 14, 2017

attendees:
Michael Humphrey, Monika Hahues, Ted Tenny
  1. Guest Speakers for 2017
    We need speakers for May 16, July 18, September 19, November 21.
    AI [Michael] → Follow up with the ASU Geology Department.
    AI [Ted] → Follow up with the club member he invited.
    AI [Jim] → Follow up with the Tonto National Forest.
    •  If all else fails, Michael will be on standby.
  2. Keeping track of club packs + Where to send stuff after leading a hike
    Ted presented a version of the signup sheet with blanks at the top for filling in all the information needed for hike statistics, and who ended up with the club pack. The completed sheet could then be sent to the Statistician.
    AI [Ted] → Set up an Excel version of the signup sheet, so that hikers’ names and phone numbers could be easily copied from another Excel document.
  3. Developing and training hike leaders
    We have one new leader in 2017, soon to be two and possibly more.
    Training will be one-on-one.
  4. Whistles
    They are ready to hand out.
  5. Preference for paid members on camping trips
    The leader can choose to give preference to paid members. Only the Treasurer has an up-to-date list of paid members.


January 2017

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
January 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
Old Chicago, 1656 S. Alma School, Mesa
  1. Reports
    President [Michael Humphrey]
    The club had a good year in 2016. For now, don’t miss the Arizona Trailblazers Awards and Hike at North Mountain Park this Saturday, January 21.
    Treasurer [Monika Hahues]
    As of January 17, the club has 136 paid members and a bank balance of $5401.18.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    My thanks to everyone who has written a Trip Report! They arrive in spurts. Sometimes there’s a draught of several weeks, then I’ll get four reports in three days.
    Statistician [Jim Buyens]
    Final statistics for 2016 will be presented at the Arizona Trailblazers Awards this Saturday, January 21.
  2. Previous Hikes   
    Nov. 19 Crucifix Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Nov. 25 First water - Canyon Lake SuperstitionsTamar Gottfried
    Nov. 27 Chalk Canyon Spur Cross RanchJim Buyens
    Dec. 3 Bluff Spring Loop SuperstitionsDave French
    Dec. 10 Ballantine Trail MazatzalsMonika Hahues
    Dec. 17 Blue Ridge-Orohai Loop GoldfieldsLance Ware
    Dec. 17 Cottonwood / Cane MazatzalsBill Zimmermann
    Dec. 31 Skyline Regional Park BuckeyeQuy Nguyen
    Jan. 7 Quartz Peak Sierra EstrellaQuy Nguyen
    Jan. 7 Holbert-Lomitas Loop South MountainEileen Root
    Jan. 14 Hidden Valley South Mountain Dave French
    Jan. 16 Bell Pass ScottsdaleMonika Hahues
  3. Upcoming Hikes   
    Jan. 21 AZHC Awards Potluck North Mtn. ParkMichael Humphrey
    Jan. 28Picketpost Perimeter SuperiorEileen Root
    Feb. 4Pipeline Canyon Lake PleasantGabrielle McConnell
    Feb. 4Sunrise-Western Loop ScottsdaleQuy Nguyen
    Feb. 4Alta-Bajada Loop South MountainDave French
    Feb. 11Dome Mountain GoldfieldsChip Wells
    Feb. 11Wasson Peak TucsonTamar Gottfried
    Feb. 18Wishbone Junction Loop GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Feb. 25GMHSM State Park YarnellChuck Parsons
    Mar. 3-7 Joshua Tree Car Camping CaliforniaJohn Richa
    Mar. 11 Hog Wild! SedonaMark Purcell
    Mar. 18 Superstition Ridgeline SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 18 Upper Ruins Tonto Nat. Mon.Quy Nguyen
  4. Guest Speaker: Robyn Moul
    subject: Wildlife Conservation
        It all began with Don Coyote, a rescue animal who eventually came under the care of Linda Searles. Linda went on to found the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release is their goal. Some 70% of the wild animals rescued can be ultimately released. Others can’t, because they are blind, orphaned, or maimed. The Center receives no federal or state funding: they depend entirely on donations.
  5. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00 PM, Old Chicago.


Executive Committee, January 10, 2017

attendees: Michael Humphrey, Bill Zimmermann, Monika Hahues, Jim Buyens, Ted Tenny
  1. Including appointed officers on the Executive Committee
    Jim Buyens, Statistician, was chosen.
  2. Awards Potluck & Hike, January 21
    Award categories include miles hiked with the club, hikes led, trips driven, and a lifetime achievement award.
    AI [Monika] → Buy gift cards to be handed out.
  3. Speakers for March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19, November 21
    We have a speaker for January, and possibly March.
    AI [Monika] → Provide a name, subject, and description for the talk on March 21.
  4. Donation to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center?
    All of our guest speakers are volunteers. But it would be all right for the club to make a donation to a non-profit organization consistent with our purpose.
  5. Whistles (or something) with the club logo.
    Monika passed around samples of promotional whistles.
    AI [Ted] → Send Monika the information to be printed on them.
    AI [Monika] → Order 500 of the chosen whistles.
  6. Hike Leader Training and New Leaders
    Hike Leader Training will be in 2018. Jim read a list of potential leaders
    AI [all] → Encourage the potential leaders to become hike leaders.
  7. Limiting the Numbers on Day Hikes
    Bill often does this. Ted never bothers, because his hikes don’t attract a crowd.
    AI [Ted] → Make suitable changes to the guidelines, based on the inputs from Michael, Jim, and Ted.

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